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Windsor Companies

This home is perched at the top of a steep hill that descends to a small lake. The slopes were eroding, the outdoor dining areas were too small and the wooden timber walls and steps were beginning to fail.

Our simple, richly detailed solution demonstrates Windsor's ability to work with our clients and creatively solve landscape issues. A large wooden deck, a stone terrace, and a sinuous stone wall replaced the old deck and steps.

The magnificent swimming pool is now surrounded by warm patterned concrete tiles; the terrace is home to a large overhead wood pergola for shelter from the sun, a stone fireplace for evening entertainment, and a lively cascading waterfall.

This project earned Windsor Companies a Merit Award for Excellence in Landscape Design by the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association.

Photos by Paul Crosby.

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turnercarrie wrote:
Stone - Clarification on my last message. I am interested in the stone used for the retaining wall for the garden. Thanks!
   Comment   April 16, 2013
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Weathered Edge Chilton. I believe this is a stone veneer of cultured stone (aka concrete)
July 8, 2013 at 1:13pm   
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rolirendo wrote:
what are the measure to the wood
   Comment   October 13, 2013
turnercarrie wrote:
Stone - What materials/stone was used?
   Comment   April 16, 2013

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